As the disciples left all behind them, all that they knew and even whom they had been in to follow Jesus, becoming new creatures, new people, completely new identities, their true identities, that could only be found in him, we must also follow that same teaching.
“We then, as workers together with him, beseech (implore) you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain>
(For he saith, I HAVE HEARD THEE IN A TIME ACCEPTED, AND IN THE DAY OF SALVATION HAVE I SUCCOURED (helped) THEE; behold, now is the day of salvation)
Giving no offense in any thing, that the ministry not be blamed.
But in all things approving (commending) ourselves as ministers of God. in much patience, in afflictions, in necessitates, in distresses,
In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings (sleeplessness) in fastings;
In pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned (without hypocrisy) ,
By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left.
By honour and dishounor, by evil report and good report: as deceivers,, and yet true;
As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;
As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open (has spoken freely) unto you, our heart is enlarged (wide open)
Ye are not straightened (restricted) in us, but ye are straightened in your own bowels (restricted by own affections);
Now for a recompense (return) in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged (open).
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship (in common) hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion (fellowship) hath light with darkness?
And what concord (accord) hath Christ with Belial (the Devil) or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel (unbeliever)?
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I WILL DWELL IN THEM; AND WALK IN THEM; AND I SHALL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.
WHEREFORE COME OUT NOW FROM AMONG THEM, AND BE YE SEPERATE, saith the Lord, AND TOUCH NO UNCLEAN THING; AND I WILL RECEIVE YOU.
AND WILL BE A FATHER UNTO YOU, AND YE SHALL BE MY SONS AND DAUGHTERS, saith the Lord Almighty.” 1 Corinthians 6:1-18
The insidious indoctrination known as “tolerance”, which is falsely named is the biggest snare that taken the church of today.
The movement started with what would be considered a very noble thought, to come together and understand and even celebrate other religions. When God tells us to be completely separate, even though we have gathering buildings, churches, through the power of God living inside of us, we are temples of God and we are to honor him and him alone.
We are asked what common place can be found between Christ and the devil and those who worship Christ and those who do not, it is a question that we know the answer too, and we are to stay away from the things and thoughts, and teachings of this world.
It only serves to cause confusion, as all doctrines is taught with an edge of logic to make it sound attractive but in the end it will only lead the listeners away from the truth of the Gospel, which is why we were commanded to have no part of it.
Joshua 24:14,15: Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord.
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood (Euphrates),or the gods of the Ammonites, in whose land ye dwell; but as foe me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
We can’t have both, we can’t serve the Lord and have the indwelling of His Holy Presence and be commanded to be lights and witnesses to him while at the same time absorbing ourselves in pagan teachings and customs.
it does not serve God, it only serves us as being what society deems “tolerant” and “inclusive” when the true Gospel is both, God makes distinction between no one, which is way it says:
Romans 10:13: ” FOR WHATSOEVER SHALL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED.”
Revelation 22:17 (b) ” …And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely.”
Galatians 3:26-28: “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs to the promise.”
Looks pretty inclusive and tolerant to me. People only want to argue it because they want to stay in sin and want to stroke self- righteous egos by trying to blame God for their choices, as Joshua said, serve him or not, but none of us can have both, and in doing so we don’t have him.
- Please note that capitalized scripture is capitalized in the Bible to denote reference to another scripture where it had been stated, I am not shouting 😊 and the reference to him speaking to them as his children in parenthesis is also are written.
Φλογιζω NBJ 2022/ Rev. N Brown Johnson